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Claypotts Castle

A Scheduled Monument in The Ferry, Dundee City

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Latitude: 56.4765 / 56°28'35"N

Longitude: -2.8897 / 2°53'22"W

OS Eastings: 345292

OS Northings: 731955

OS Grid: NO452319

Mapcode National: GBR VM.GYKK

Mapcode Global: WH7RC.LG5W

Entry Name: Claypotts Castle

Scheduled Date: 30 November 1981

Last Amended: 9 January 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM90075

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Dundee

County: Dundee City

Electoral Ward: The Ferry

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of Claypotts Castle which stands on the eastern periphery of Dundee. The monument is in the care of the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Claypotts Castle comprises the remains of a fine 16th century towerhouse. It is characteristic of a form of towerhouse in which two round towers, built on opposite angles of the main building, give a plan resembling the letter 'Z'. The outstanding preservation of this particular monument is such that the original plan and details of construction can still be fully appreciated.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the castle itself and the surrounding area in the care of the Secretary of State, in which traces of associated outbuildings, and archaeological deposits relating to activity around the castle, may be expected to survive. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 60m NE-SW by 40m as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as an outstanding example of 16th century defensive architecture. Its importance is reflected in its status as a Property in Care of the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 43 SE 16.
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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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